So what exactly is the job of a “pastor”? It would seem it is about the formation of God’s people and not about the gathering of people (God’s or otherwise). The call to serve the Church by serving a local gathering of those who call on the name of the Lord is not a call… Continue reading What Are You Doing Pastor? Growing the Church
The ouster of Perry Noble has led to a spate of articles and blogs including a recent article in Relevant Magazine (online) which touts the title: “The Mega-Problem Behind the ‘Falls’ of Megachurch Pastors”. The article’s author, Eddie Kaufholz, proposes that the stresses of the megachurch are partly to blame given the enormity of the… Continue reading A Brief Rejoinder to "The Mega-Problem Behind the 'Falls' of Megachurch Pastors"
I am delighted with the growing interest in helping small church pastors be the best pastors (and their congregations the best congregations) they can be. Serving faithfully wherever God calls. One recently discovered resource is offering a plethora of helps for small church pastors and Karl Vaters has apparently only been at it for 100… Continue reading Thinking Big About Pastors of Small Churches
As one who is supervising the writing of a Master’s thesis over the course of this year on the topic of church planting, I was thrilled to receive a review copy from IVP on the notion of pioneering movements. What is especially helpful about this volume is its practical application to the multiplication (and not simply addition) of those participating in the job of planting churches and the planting itself.
Marriage seminars and sermon series are all the rage. Churches seem to offer a regular smorgasbord of options intended to strengthen the family, but are we doing what we were intended to do? Is it the local church’s responsibility to provide marriage counseling? Is it the church’s duty to detail the nature of inter-personal communication… Continue reading Preaching Christ and Helping Marriages
How should the church, and we as ministers, respond to decline? It seems our normal way is to try to be ever more inclusive (just look at many of the mainline churches in the North American context). Is there perhaps a correlation between excessive inclusiveness and decline? But is this really the best response to… Continue reading Responding to Decline
You know the word…”ecumenical”. At least, I always used to think it was a dirty word. What does it mean to be “ecumenical”? It refers (in my usage) to
“Think Theology” has offered another thought provoking post on what is involved in rural pastoral work. Specifically, Pastor Able Baker (in BC) has mentioned four things imperative (to my estimation) for successful rural pastoral ministry (HERE). The only thing I might add would be that patience is the name of the game. It does no… Continue reading More on Rural Churches
A major issue in our western consumerist culture is that consumerist concerns are immediately applied to the way Church is viewed and practiced. What can be offered for me? What do I gain by being a part of this congregation? What can we do to attract more folks? While this is not only a problem… Continue reading A Church I Can Believe In
Rather than simply answer in the comments section to Dan’s post about “What Keeps You In Your Church Tradition?,” I have decided to reply via a post and offer it as my own personal answer (because I have in fact been asked this very question at other times). I decided three was a rather Biblical… Continue reading Three Things That Keep Me in My Church Tradition